The other day I ran into the pharmacy to pick up a last minute birthday card and was stopped in my tracks.
My mother’s smell passed me in the shampoo aisle.
Literally, my heart skipped a beat.
It was as if she had just been right there.
I soaked it in and appreciated all the memories the musky sweet smell brought flooding back: her hugs, her laugh, the drive home from college sophomore year…
Aromatics Elixir by Clinique was her favorite perfume. She used to kid that it had actual pheromones in it and it would help her land the ‘right’ guy. Needless to say, she wore it often.
I didn’t cry. I just stopped and smiled and felt her hug.
I love it when that happens.